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When to Move from Assisted Living to Memory Care
March 8, 2023 at 8:00 AM
Elderly couple taking a walk through the park. Arboretum Trompenburg, Rotterdam.

Making the decision to move a senior loved one from assisted living to memory care can be a difficult and emotional process. However, it’s important for family members and caregivers to recognize the signs that indicate it’s time to make this transition. Sage House Senior Care is physician-owned and offers directed senior assisted living homes in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and our staff wants you to feel informed and empowered, so you know when it’s time to take this step. Let’s take a look at some of the most common signs that it’s time to move your loved one into memory care.

Changes in behavior or personality

If your loved one is exhibiting changes in behavior or personality, it may be time for them to transition into memory care. This could include sudden irritability, agitation, confusion, or an inability to complete everyday tasks. It could also include anxiety or depressive behaviors. These changes can be caused by a variety of factors including illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other cognitive issues.

Difficulty managing everyday tasks

If your loved one is having difficulty managing everyday tasks such as paying bills, taking medications properly, dressing appropriately for the weather, cooking meals, or keeping up with personal hygiene then it may be time for them to move into memory care. Memory care provides 24/7 assistance with these types of activities which helps ensure that seniors are safe and healthy.

Frequent disorientation

Another key sign it may be time to move from assisted living to memory care is if your loved one experiences frequent disorientation—such as getting lost while walking around their community or forgetting where they are. In memory care settings there are trained professionals who can help guide seniors back home if they become lost or confused while out on walks around the neighborhood. This helps keep seniors safe while providing them with independence and autonomy during their daily activities.

Increased wandering

For many seniors with cognitive issues like dementia or Alzheimer's disease wandering can become an issue if not managed properly. If your loved one is wandering more frequently than normal it may be time for them to transition into memory care where there are increased security and safety measures in place designed specifically for these types of situations.

Memory Care Benefits

Although the decision to move an elderly person out of their assisted living home can feel daunting at first glance, there are many benefits associated with transitioning into a specialized memory care facility. Memory care homes are designed specifically for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, so they can receive focused attention and supportive services tailored precisely to their needs.

Memory care facilities also offer personalized plans that incorporate socialization opportunities such as group activities and outings; customized nutrition plans; medication reminders; help with bathing and grooming; assistance with mobility; 24-hour monitoring; and much more —all within a safe environment designed for those with dementia-related conditions. Additionally, caregivers who specialize in working with those suffering from cognitive impairment will ensure that your loved one receives the compassionate support they need during this difficult transition period.

Get in touch with Sage House Senior Care for more information on when to move from assisted living to memory care!

Moving a loved one out of their home can be an emotional experience—but at Sage House Senior Care we understand how important it is that our residents receive the best possible level of care while staying safe in their community setting. We strive to provide comprehensive support every step along the way, so you don't have to worry about making this difficult decision alone—we're here for you. With our expertise on hand throughout the process—from initial evaluation through transitioning into memory care—you'll have peace of mind knowing that your elderly relative's health and well-being will remain our top priority at all times. Contact us today if you would like more information about moving from assisted living into memory care!